Sous Vide Lemon Curd

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The beauty of using the Anova Precision Cooker for lemon curd, which uses egg yolks to thicken the tart spread, is that you cannot overheat the yolks. Why are overheated yolks a problem? Because overheated yolks mean cooked yolks, not something you want in a lemon curd! Once cooked and cooled (the curd thickens as it cools), you will find yourself eating this by the spoonful, but you can also spread it on toast in the morning, spoon it into pre-baked tart shells for dessert, or even use it as the filling in a layer cake. The uses are limited only by your imagination. Please note: Although this recipe yields 2 servings, it makes about 2 cups of lemon curd.
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Ingredients for 2

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

  • Juice of 4 lemons

  • 6 large egg yolks, at room temperature

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Directions

  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 179ºF (82ºC).

  • Step 2

    Whisk together the sugar, butter, and lemon juice. Continue to whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Add the egg yolks and whisk to combine.

  • Step 3

    Transfer the egg mixture to a large zipper lock bag and seal using the water immersion technique. Place in the water bath and set the timer for 45 minutes.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      A few minutes before the timer goes off, prepare an ice bath. When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Shake the bag vigorously to stir the contents and then immediately transfer to the ice bath. Once the curd is completely cool, transfer to the refrigerator and chill overnight.

    • Step 1

      The next day, pour the curd into a bowl and whisk to ensure that the curd is smooth. Use in pastries or as a spread, as desired. To store, cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming.

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